Funds of knowledge and epistemic authority in higher education

Filipa M. Ribeiro, Miranda Lubbers

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© 2015, IGI Global. All rights reserved. This chapter examines how knowledge networks of academics shape epistemic authority in higher education institutions. The issue is addressed with the approach of funds of knowledge (Bensimon, 2009) and social network theory. Social networks (of collaboration, influence, friendship, etc.) have been mainly approached with an emphasis on their actual structure and the relationship between position in that network and other features. However, little is known about how those networks of ties affect how knowledge is embodied, encoded, and enacted within higher education institutions at the interpersonal level. Rather than examining the specific qualities of any researcher's fund of knowledge, the authors focus on showing how the approach of funds of knowledge can be operationalised by social network analysis to investigate epistemic authority and epistemic change in research agendas. Knowledge networks are described as epistemic conduits, and the challenges of research in this topic are also discussed.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationNew Voices in Higher Education Research and Scholarship
Number of pages31
Publication statusPublished - 30 Nov 2014


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